Call it careless.
Call it inattention to detail.
Call it what most people call it (admittedly a bit crudely): Butt-dialing.
It’s the situation where your cell phone is in your back pocket and you inadvertently call someone because you sat down or shifted or did something to jog the phone’s dialer and ring someone up.
It’s become a staple of TV programs – at least one show has used butt-dialing as a plot device. A teen-aged girl on “Parenthood” accidentally did it while she and her boyfriend, well, were doing something that she probably didn’t want her parents, the recipients of the call, to know about.
But here is where life mirrored art (a term used loosely when referring to TV dramas).
According to Gawker.com, a guy in Arkansas butt-dialed a guy he allegedly wanted to see dead.
(Aside: Gawker.com likes butt-dialing stories. In 2011, the site featured a piece about a woman who got a frightening but garbled call from her husband. She was convinced he had been taken hostage at the school where he worked; a 30-member SWAT team was called in. The man had butt-dialed her while he was at home, listening to a gangster rap album.)
Down in Arkansas, the victim sat on the call for an hour and a half and listened as the perp allegedly planned his demise, including the giving of directions to his house to a third man.
The accused, a guy named Larry Barnett, allegedly said at one point, “I don’t care if you have to burn his house to the ground with him in it. I don’t care what you have to do, make it look like an accident.”
The victim, who wasn’t named, called the cops, who went to his house. It had been burglarized and the gas stove had been tampered with. Barnett was arrested and tossed into jail.
No one is quite sure what the motive was for the alleged murder plot, although a local TV station, KAIT8, reported that the victim used to work for Barnett.
Gee, most bosses would just fire an employee they don’t like.